Why the IUD Is the Contraceptive Choice for a Growing Number of Women

No birth control method is perfect for everyone. We’re all different. But a growing number of women are gravitating towards IUDs. IUDs come in many types. Some can prevent pregnancy for three years, and some can prevent pregnancy for 10 years.

IUDs are t-shaped devices that fit into your uterus and stop the sperm from reaching an egg. They use hormones or copper to repel the sperm, so pregnancy doesn't happen. IUDs are safe, 99% effective, and convenient. That explains why so many women are opting for this birth control method.

Like with any birth control option, you should do your research. If you're considering an IUD, here's what you should know first:


The procedure is pretty simple and doesn't take too long. IUDs insert via a small tube that goes through the cervix and into the uterus. The strings from the IUD hang out. Which is a good thing. The strings mean your IUD is in correctly.

After the insertion process, the IUD starts working to prevent pregnancy immediately. No pill or monthly shot! You also don't have to fill prescriptions or schedule regular check-ups with your doctor.

Highly-effective and long-lasting

IUDs are very effective in preventing pregnancy. Hormonal IUDs release small amounts of a hormone called progestin. This keeps your ovaries from releasing eggs. Progestin also thickens your cervical mucus so sperm can’t swim to fertilize an egg.

If you opt for the copper, non-hormonal IUDs, you're still covered. This type of IUD triggers your immune system to prevent pregnancy. Hormonal IUDs prevent pregnancy for three to five years, depending on the brand. Copper IUDs can protect you for 10 years.


While IUDs are effective, they’re also reversible. You can have yours removed before its “expiration” date and return to your normal cycle.

Useful for all women

IUDs work for women of all ages. Women who haven’t yet had children, and older women who haven’t reached menopause, can safely use IUDs.

There's also no preparation! We recommend scheduling your appointment for the first seven days of your period. This ensures you’re not pregnant. Your cervix is also a little more open during that time, so the procedure will be more comfortable.

STD considerations

Remember, IUDs don't protect you from sexually transmitted disease. The only form of birth control that can is condoms. But, condoms aren’t as effective in preventing pregnancy. It's best to use dual protection!

Would you like to explore your birth control options? At Suncoast Women's Care we can help you decide if IUDs are right for you. Call our office at 727-230-9508 or contact us online to learn more.

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